Carolina Mudcats

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For the team that played with this name from 1991–2011, see Carolina Mudcats (1991–2011).
Carolina Mudcats
Founded in 1978
Zebulon, North Carolina
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current AHigh-A (1963–1974, 1978–present)
Previous
  • B (1925–1927, 1956–1957, 1962)
  • D (1908, 1928–1929, 1937–1941, 1946–1952)
  • semipro (1934–1936)
  • outlaw (1921–1922)
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League (1956–1957, 1962–1974, 1978–present)
Division Southern Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current TBD (from 2015)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1935, 1947, 1962, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2006
Division titles 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011
Team data
Nickname Carolina Mudcats (2012-present)
Previous names
  • Kinston Indians (1987–2011)
  • Kinston Eagles (1925–1973, 1978–1981, 1986)
  • Kinston Blue Jays (1982–1985)
  • Kinston Expos (1974)
  • Kinston Highwaymen (1922)
  • Kinston Robins (1921)
Ballpark Five County Stadium (2012–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Steve Bryant (majority owner) and Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc and Quint Studer.
Manager TBA
General manager Joe Kremer

The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They are currently members of the Carolina League and were the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) team until the end of the 2014 season; a MLB affiliate for 2015 is yet to be determined. They play their home games at Five County Stadium.

The franchise originated in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of Kinston, North Carolina. In 2012 they relocated to Zebulon amid a series of purchases and moves, and took up the name of the previous Carolina Mudcats team.

Notable alumni[edit]

History[edit]

Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium

The franchise was established in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of the Carolina League. They were known as the Kinston Indians from 1987 through 2011, and were the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2012 they moved to Zebulon, North Carolina as part of a complicated series of moves and purchases by Pensacola businessman Quint Studer. Studer purchased the existing Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, relocating them to Pensacola as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. (It should be noted that the original Mudcats name and branding has existed in Zebulon, North Carolina since 1991, starting out as a major league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and at one point were the Cincinnati Reds affiliate until they became the Cleveland Indians affiliate just before the 2012 season.) To seal this purchase, Quint Studer had to facilitate the move of the Kinston team to Zebulon, where they took up the Mudcats name and branding.[2][3]

Current roster[edit]

Carolina Mudcats roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Dylan Baker Injury icon 2.svg
  • 26 D. J. Brown
  • 47 Clayton Cook
  • 28 Ben Heller
  • 37 Jacob Lee
  • 34 Josh Martin
  • 32 Ryan Merritt
  • 25 Shawn Morimando
  • 46 Rob Nixon
  • 22 Michael Peoples
  • 44 Adam Plutko
  • 27 Grant Sides
  • 33 Benny Suarez
  • 13 Cole Sulser

Catchers

  • 29 Ryan Battaglia
  • 17 Jeremy Lucas
  • 24 Alex Monsalve

Infielders

  •  9 Yandy Diaz
  • 10 Erik Gonzalez *
  •  8 Todd Hankins
  • 11 Yhoxian Medina
  • 36 James Roberts
  • 39 Jerrud Sabourin
  •  7 Joe Sever

Outfielders

  • 12 Luigi Rodriguez
  •  6 Logan Vick Injury icon 2.svg
  •  4 LeVon Washington

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Cleveland Indians 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 16, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Cleveland Indians minor league players


References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Carolina to Pensacola, Kinston to Zebulon in 2012". Ballpark Digest. December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 

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